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Israel's Supreme Court overturns controversial judicial reform, what happens next?

In a recent development, Israel's Supreme Court handed down a momentous decision, overturning a contentious aspect of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judicial reform plan.

The court's majority decision of 8-7 invalidated a law that aimed to restrict judges from overturning government decisions they deemed unreasonable. Moreover, in a separate 12-3 ruling, the Israeli Supreme Court asserted its authority to review fundamental laws and intervene in exceptional circumstances where the Israeli parliament, known as the Knesset, may exceed its jurisdiction.

The significance of the court's decision cannot be overstated, as it pertains to the core characteristics of Israel as a democratic state. The high court, through its Twitter account on X, expressed its concern about the severe and unprecedented damage caused by the overturned law to the democratic fabric of Israel.

Discussions surrounding the judicial reform plan were temporarily suspended following the devastating attack by Hamas on October 7th, resulting in the loss of 1,200 lives and the abduction of approximately 240 individuals.

MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, a conservative politician and proponent of the judicial reform, criticized the timing of the court's decision, asserting that it would undermine the morale of soldiers engaged in the conflict with Gaza. He condemned the ruling as unlawful, arguing that it annulled a basic law without proper legal authority, all while conflicting with the interests of the judges involved.

He expressed his concerns on his X account, characterizing the court's decision as a dangerous and anti-democratic event, particularly at a time when it could jeopardize Israel's ongoing war effort against its adversaries.

The aforementioned updates shed light on the recent developments in Israel's legal landscape, highlighting the profound implications for both the judiciary and the nation as a whole.

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